Yukon too late?You'd think AMD had scored a minor win with its Yukon notebook platform, comprising of Athlon Neo CPU, reduced-power 690G motherboard, and an option to upgrade to a Mobility Radeon HD 3410 graphics card, right?
HP was the first to show how good a Yukon thin-and-light notebook could look, positioning it somewhere between a netbook and full-sized laptop. Slinky lines and power-efficient performance meant that, when fully released in April of this year, it would provide real gusto in the $699 space.
But then came NVIDIA marching on the scene, pairing up Atom with GeForce 9400m-class graphics with the ION platform. Still, though, it is some way off being 'productised' for the masses, leaving Yukon with a small window of opportunity before another hammer-blow is struck.
But, now, it seems that Intel isn't prepared to yield any potential market-share in the thin-and-light ($699) notebook space that AMD is staking a claim to. If rumours are to be believed, Intel will be doling out the pain with a CULV (consumer ultra-low voltage) platform that, presumably, will take on board a vastly reduced-power Core 2-derived processor and inexpensive, shrunken-down supporting chipset.
If the thinking behind CULV - something like an 8-15W Core 2 chip and 945GSE chipset - becomes a reality in the next three months, then AMD's Yukon-based notebooks will find it increasingly difficult to compete against the almighty Intel dollar.
Yukon, whilst undeniably good on paper, really needed to be out and available right now, but it seems as if April is just too far away...